Outdoors 101

  1. September 05, 2019

    5 Tips to Prepare for Travel Season

    By Jane Marshallseejanewrite.ca Preparing for international travel involves planning and prep. It’s so fun. Really! You get to think about all the adventure…
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  2. August 12, 2019

    5 Top Tips for Wildlife Watching

    By Bertie Cowen  Whether you’re going diving with sharks, trekking to Alaska to catch a glimpse of grizzly bears, or of just checking out the birds in your own…
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  3. July 16, 2019

    Water Treatment Options Explained

    By Evan Wishloff  Campers Village and the Quest for the Holy Grayl  Not much beats the beauty of the backcountry, and…
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  4. July 09, 2019

    The Not-So-Obvious Beginner's Guide to Backpacking

    Lessons learned from taking a first-timer on the Berg Lake Trail  By Evan Wishloff  This past Canada Day, I booked a backcountry campsite at Berg Lake to take my…
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  5. May 28, 2019

    4 Alternatives to a Campfire when there's a Fire Ban

    By Evan Wishloff    It’s that time of year again – the time when our weekends get filled with adventurous escapes. A quintessential part of any weekend adventure is regrouping in the evening, regaling in…
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  6. May 17, 2019

    Level-Up Your Camp-Cooking Game

    By James Schutz Camp food. It doesn’t have to be all half-burnt-half-raw smokies and jumbo bags of Doritos. With a little pre-planning and prep before you leave, you can graduate from hot-dog hoser to outdoor Jamie Oliver this…
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  7. December 06, 2018

    Safety Tips for Alberta Winter Adventures

    By Jane Marshallseejanewrite.ca It’s 1:30am. Mother nature has pulled a shiny layer of ice across the Icefields Parkway. The road is black…
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  8. November 01, 2018

    How to Choose a Down Puffy

    No matter what time of year it is, there’s one type of jacket I always have in my pack. And that’s down. I have several down jackets which I’ve accumulated over the years: A…
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  9. June 15, 2018

    Everything You Need to Know About Campfires

    By Jane Marshall I admit it. I am NOT the world’s best fire maker. When out at our family cabin at Wabamun Lake, or camping in the mountains, my fires often start strong… but then the flames get…
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  10. January 29, 2018

    Camping 101

    by Jane Marshallseejanewrite.ca Don’t be intimidated! Being a newbie camper makes you cool. Whether you’re new to this country, starting out on your own, or have just always…
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  11. January 25, 2018

    How to get Into Paddling

    by Jane Marshallseejanewrite.ca Time to get on the water! It’s morning. The lake is still. You bring your boat to the water’s edge and push the nose in. Soon you’re…
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  12. January 23, 2018

    How to Get into Cross Country Skiing: Where to go, what to know

    By Jane Marshallseejanewrite.ca In a province that receives a generous dose of snow and sub zero temperatures, why not get into cross country skiing? It’s a way to stay connected to…
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  13. January 23, 2018

    How to buy Outerwear

    by Jane Marshallseejanewrite.ca Buying quality outerwear is an investment. You want to make sure you get just the right wardrobe piece for your activity of choice, whether it’s snowshoeing…
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  14. January 23, 2018

    How to Buy Rainwear

    by Jane Marshallseejanewrite.ca Have you ever been truly drenched in the great outdoors? The kind of drenched where your hair is dripping and even your underwear’s soaked? It’s no…
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  15. January 23, 2018

    How to buy Footwear

    By Jane Marshallseejanewrite.ca Your feet. They’re your connection to the earth. Your foundation. And if you don’t treat them well, they do protest. Black toenails (think Wild),…
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  16. January 23, 2018

    How to buy a Sleeping Bag

    What season? One Season – Summer bags. Good for keeping in the car, or using for sleepovers. Three Season – Rated for spring or autumn, these bags are also a warmer option for summer camping however not warm…
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  17. January 23, 2018

    Layering 101

    Below is a list of important things to consider when choosing clothing layers. Base Layer Clothing Keeps skin warm and dry. Should be made from material that wicks…
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  18. January 23, 2018

    How to buy A Backpack

    What size? Does the pack offer the storage required for your excursion? Shorter trips will usually require less than 50 lbs of gear therefore a day pack or midsize pack would be a great fit. If you’re planning to carry more than…
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  19. January 23, 2018

    How to buy a Tent

    Consider what you need before buying. Select a tent that is made for the conditions and purpose that you’ll be experiencing most of the time. Remember, a backpacking tent can always be used on the occasional car camping…
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  20. January 22, 2018

    How To Buy Snowshoes

    If you can walk, you can snowshoe. It's that easy! Let us help you find the right pair. Modern snowshoes have certain basic components to help you move through snow: A tubular metal frame, nylon or plastic decking to float your feet,…
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  21. January 16, 2018

    Backcountry Camping 101

    By Jane Marshallseejanewrite.ca No running water. No road. No services. No fear! Backcountry camping is the art of hiking, riding or boating to an…
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